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“Fantastic value for money”

The Lake District Wildlife Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Trotters World of Animals has rebranded to become the Lake District Wildlife Park, representing the transition from its early days as a farm park. Today, emphasis is very much on conservation, education and engaging with visitors - our Keepers are keen to talk and enjoy passing on their knowledge and enthusiasm. Wander around our beautiful 24 acre parkland and see over 100 species. The magical Bird of Prey flying displays have been a regular feature since the park opened and we have gathered an eclectic mix of over 100 species from Anaconda to Zebra. The Granddad of the park is Brian the Lar Gibbon - he is the oldest in Europe and has pride of place in the centre of the park where he and his family can be seen swinging from the massive Oak tree. We joined the Zoo Federation (now BIAZA) in 2002 and over the years we have successfully worked with Zoo stud books to breed rarer species like Canadian Lynx, Asian Fishing Cats and Ring Tailed Lemurs to name just three.
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Fantastic value for money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

A few other 'wildlife parks' I have been to could learn a thing or two from this place....

The entrance fee is good value (30 for a family of 4), there is plenty to see and do; all the animal areas are in good nick and the bird of prey displays and other talks were brilliant and had our kids fixed.

The stand out member of staff was the chap doing the bird of prey talk, who with the help of his bald eagle, vulture and owls held the kids attention for his entire talk. The birds are fantastic to watch flying across the park - definitely one to see.

Another pleasant surprise was the reasonable price of the food and gifts available, and that there is somewhere undercover to eat your own pack up. It makes a change as a parent to not feel like I am having my leg lifted when it comes to buying ice creams at a place like this!

Altogether a great day, and some where we will definitely go back to.

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Visited May 2014
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
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“real disappointment”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

We used to come here quite a lot when it was still Trotters Farm, and then started coming again when my friends had children and so thought it would be a nice day out. When we went the time before this visit, the park and been in two parts (one on top of a hill), with a huge selection of animals including giraffes. When we went on this visit, we paid the exact same price... and yet the area we had walked up to get to the giraffes was closed off. Most of the plots of land were empty, and the ones that weren't were almost devoid of life. The huge teepee in one of the plots was fenced off but otherwise empty, and to be honest, it was insulting to have to pay the full price for less than a quarter of what the park had been. I was not remotely happy about it and though it may have improved since, I won't be in a hurry to go back. It used to be such a lovely place and I have some great memories of the place but sadly, they will only be memories. If you want to go and have a good day out with plenty of animals, head to South Lakes Animal Park. There ARE animals here, of all varieties, and the zoo is decidedly more open to visitors, with feeding sessions and talks with the staff.

Visited October 2013
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

We booked the meet the Meerkats experience and it was worth every penny. Our guide for the experience Robyn was brilliant, she got the Meerkats hoping all over us and made us feel really comfortable, the experience exceeded expectations - AMAZING!! Great little park :)

Visited May 2014
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Cambridge
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Lovely little place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014 via mobile

We come to the lake district every year, but this time had a baby with us, so we were looking for places to go which are baby friendly. This was brilliant. Plenty of places to have a picnic or eat in the restaurant. Buggy friendly all the way round. Something to see regularly from the meerkat feeding, which my baby loved, bird of prey display and lots more.
Could do with having direction signs around the park.
Staff were friendly.
We were lucky enough to see the baby meerkats that had been born a few weeks ago and decided to venture out for the first time.
Highly recommended.
Great Little place.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“What a great day we had!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

This is the third year that we have visited the park, formerly known as 'Trotters'. Our visit this year differed from the previous visits, in that we had booked both the Lemur Experience and Halk Walk experience.

We were met by a friendly lady at the entrance who ensured all our papers were ordered (indemnity forms) and that we were equipped with the information needed. Entry into the park was included as part of the experience sessions. The park was found to be in the same immaculate state as in previous visits.

First up the Lemurs. We met with our keeper at the gift shop, who showed us to the 'food prep room'. Our first task was to prepare the fruit and veg for the lemurs and then we went to the enclosure. After a quick safety talk we spent the rest of the hour with the Lemurs, The keeper had not been at the park long, however she was able to discuss at length not only the Lemurs, but her wide experience as a zoo keeper and how she came to be in this line of work. She was friendly throughout and on seeing her later in the day stopped to ask how we were enjoying our day etc.

Then the Hawk Walk. The park has two bird of prey displays during the day, which are always worth going to. The keeper (John i think) has a wealth of knowledge, and a decent sense of humour which comes through in his talks. The enthusiasm and love for his birds/work really shows and even more so on the hawk walk. We started with an owl in an indoor enclosure to ensure that we were comfortable in handling the birds before going out into the Armathwaite estate with a Harris Hawk and finishing the experience with a Tawny Eagle back in the park. It was fantastic!!! I can't say anything else about it other than we will be booking again. Being up close to these magnificent creatures, and to listen to/talk to John about the birds that he has worked with for 30+ years was just a privilege. We will be returning, I am certain of that!

Visited April 2014
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